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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Is the Tea Party Dying?

While most were able to retain their seats in the House, the recent FreeedomWorks BS and now Rasmussen tells us this.

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Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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The conservative movement in general is dying a slow painful death. I wish it were fast and painful though.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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Once it was taken over by the ultra right, it was doomed.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:49 PM   #6
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Extreme left and extreme right movements are all destined for failure. The vast majority of people either 1.) burn out or 2.) eventually get turned off by the "extreme" views.

At the end of the day....we're a country of centrists.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:50 PM   #7
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Unfortunately we have two more years of dealing with these bozos.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:52 PM   #8
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Extreme left and extreme right movements are all destined for failure. The vast majority of people either 1.) burn out or 2.) eventually get turned off by the "extreme" views.

At the end of the day....we're a country of centrists.
Must be why the US has no extreme left politicians.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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Once it was taken over by the ultra right, it was doomed.
Yep. It might of started out good in theory but in the end it went to far right and went back to wanting to take away the rights of others.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 03:05 PM   #10
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Is the Tea Party dying ? Better question is if the Republican party is dying :

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/m...-politics.html

"The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned.
The organization's board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months."
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 03:09 PM   #11
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It really doesn't surprise me in the slightest, nearly all protest groups which get involved with politics end the same way. A slow and steady decline in numbers over time, and an extreme fringe which will wait for the next protest group.

Only the Greens have bucked this trend in resent years, but even they became a mild reflection of what they had been as a protest group.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 03:13 PM   #12
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Once it was taken over by the ultra right, it was doomed.
Agreed. It initially started out as a non-party movement... Liberals, Neo-Cons, Cons, Libertarians, Socialists, etc. were all part of it.

Republican Party tried using it as an opportunity to gain support and that's when it lost all meaning.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:09 PM   #13
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Must be why the US has no extreme left politicians.
Well, there is one guy from Vermont who calls himself a Socialist. Funny thing, too, the RWers scream about Obama being a dirty Socialist, but Sanders for some reason gets very little genuine hate. At least, afaics.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:13 PM   #14
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Agreed. It initially started out as a non-party movement... Liberals, Neo-Cons, Cons, Libertarians, Socialists, etc. were all part of it.

Republican Party tried using it as an opportunity to gain support and that's when it lost all meaning.
This. A lot of people don't know this. Both parties like to co-opt movements and make them powerless. Just like the left co-opted the real anti-war movement a long time ago.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:16 PM   #15
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America is center right, Republicans aren't going anywhere. Tea party movement will probably dissolve. Obama isn't a representation of what the left wants. He's right leaning as well.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:48 PM   #16
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Who didn't realize the Tea Party was the embodiment of the term 'flash in the pan'?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:56 PM   #17
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Yep. It might of started out good in theory but in the end it went to far right and went back to wanting to take away the rights of others.

Ummm...You got the right political party...??
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Somewhere up in Massachusetts, a number of unidentified people who dressed up as Indians are beginning to turn back over to their face up positions, to once again rest in peace.

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Ummm...You got the right political party...??
Gays... Abortion... Equal pay... Minority voting... Freedom of religion beyond Christianity...

He most certainly has the right party.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:13 PM   #20
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The Tea Party started out with the same issue as Occupy Wall Street. It was against the bailouts of the banks after the financial crisis in 2008.

What was interesting is how each was denigrated or co-opted out of existence by those currently in power.

I still maintain that if both sides were to combine their resources and focus on the issue that is the main cause of this country's problems (The Federal Reserve and the TBTF banks), we could create a third-party that could finally defeat the corrupt two-party system we have today.

I think both sides will find some common ground here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics...#ixzz2HIrDzuGl
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:43 PM   #21
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I agree the Tea Party took a similar path as the Occupy Movement, and that any time you get a party in an extreme direction in the US that it's usually an ephemeral phenomenon rather than something long term.

Perhaps the Tea Party's decline is also attributable to it's failure to reduce government spending. We have a spending problem that isn't all that different today than a few years ago. We have failed to secure a plan in which spending and revenue are the same figures.

Also, it's straying into the territory of social regulation and moral code translated to law arguably turned many conservatives and moderates off who believe the government has no business in doing this.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 08:31 PM   #22
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Ummm...You got the right political party...??
The part that it start out that I agreed some what with was we were over spending in goverment. That much is true we do have a spending problem.
The problem I have with the tea party is the push to take away the rights of others and refusal to raise taxes. We need a balance aprouch to everything.

It is sad that the Tea party is anti spending money but also push against cutting defense spending.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 10:14 PM   #23
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Occupy had the right idea but no organization. Tea party had tremendous organization but the wrong ideas.

Is the tea party dying? Yeah, but not fast enough. And even if the "formal" party were to be disbanded tomorrow, many of their horrid ideas will remain behind.

You remember the evil vibes that still pervaded Hill House or the Overlook Hotel, long after the perpetrators were gone? Like that.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:53 PM   #24
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It's definitely not dead, just not near the political power it had three years ago. They'll still greatly influence Republican primaries, but as has been proven two elections in a row, they'll continue to be a huge liability in actual elections. Most Republican candidates will probably just Romney the Tea Party - pretend to be dark red on every issue and then be the actual candidate after the primary.
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It's definitely not dead ...
Totally agree.

Reactionaries seem to be an ever-present subset of the population.

They aren't going away anytime soon.
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